Monday, 4 August 2008

Kent Green Party members join Climate Camp March

On Sunday 3 August Kent Green Party members joined hundreds of protesters in a march from Rochester to the Climate Camp near Kingsnorth power station. Kingsnorth is the site of an existing coal fired power station and the proposed site of the first new coal fired power station to be built in the UK in 30 years.

Green Party MEP for the South-east, Dr. Caroline Lucas, was among one of the speakers who addressed the protesters.

Before the march Dr. Lucas said "I am delighted to be taking part in Climate Camp this year, and where better to highlight the Government’s failure to provide leadership on climate change than Kingsnorth, the proposed location for the first coal fired power station in Britain for 30 years."

"A new coal facility at Kingsnorth would emit up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year – and potentially keep doing so for 50 years. That annual emissions figure is as much C02 as the world’s 24 lowest emitting countries combined."

"Despite all its climate rhetoric, greenhouse gas emissions have risen under this Labour adminstration. Any government which commits to more coal fired power stations – and Kingsnorth is only the start – then claims to be aiming for a massive reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 is quite simply living in a fantasy land."

The Climate Camp continues at Kingsnorth until Monday 11 August.

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